What is Chiropractic?

A Doctor of Chiropractic has spent four years at an accredited chiropractic institution, receiving more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training. (OCA website, 2013) Although trained in general medicine, chiropractors are considered clinical specialists in spinal pain and extremity injuries due to extensive training in musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics and the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders.  The chiropractic curriculum includes studies in human sciences, diganosis and clinical management including  anatomy, physiology, radiology, pathology, biomechanics, diagnosis, nutritional sciences, spinal and extremity adjustive techniques, rehabilitation, physiotherapy and other treatment modalities including acupuncture and myofascial techniques.  As primary care providers, chiropractors can diagnosis and develop a  comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend and deliver rehabilitation and other non-invasive therapies including acupuncture and physiotherapeutics, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. Chiropractors are one of only five classes of health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations.

Dr. Connie D’Astolfo is a chiropractor practicing in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada and graduated in 2001 from National University of Health Sciences, Chicago Illinois.  Dr. D’Astolfo has furthered her education in the areas of health policy, research and management as has received a post graduate diploma in Health Management from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. She is currently a PhD candidate at York University, Faculty of Health. Dr. D’Astolfo has served the Vaughan community since 2001 and has become recognized for complex spinal injuries and chronic pain conditions. Dr. D’Astolfo is an expert in her field and has been diagnosing and managing spine disorders and back injuries for over a decade.

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